Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Guerlain #03 Terracotta Bronzing Powder
Guerlain #02 and #03 Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powders ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) are being repromoted in two shades–#02 and #03–with special, removable silicone-like shells in turquoise and coral respectively. The shell removes, so you can put it on your next Terracotta bronzing powder, should you finish the first one. They’re easy to remove and reapply, and it’s an interesting option. It costs $2 more compared to the standalone Terracotta bronzing powders ($53), but you are limited to two shades and each comes with a specific shell color, so you cannot pick and choose. There are actually nine shades in the Terracotta bronzing range to choose from.

The Terracotta Bronzing Powder formula is supposed to have a “light texture and natural finish” with a “fine powder” that goes on “seamlessly.” It is also heavily scented–smells more generically perfumed and powdery to me, but Guerlain describes it as a “joyful blend of bergamot and mandarin blended with sunny, femininen notes of gardenia [with] woody, vanilla notes.” Both powders performed similarly for me: they were fairly silky, finely-milled, easily blended on the skin, and they sat well and gave a soft sheen but didn’t emphasize pores. #02 is actually darker and redder in comparison to #03, which is a bit lighter and more yellow-based.

Guerlain #02 Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium-dark red-toned brown with warm undertones and a fine gold shimmer-sheen. It wore well for almost nine hours on me. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less red. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is slightly yellower. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain #02 Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, yellow and red undertones and a soft golden shimmer-sheen finish. The pigmentation on this one was slightly less than #02, while the texture seemed a smidgen drier, but I didn’t notice either issue when actually applying to the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is similar. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is more shimmery. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is darker. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is yellower. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. MAC Golden (LE, $25.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand ($28.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a golden champagne with warm, peachy tones and a soft, frosted sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less peach. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is a powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighte,r powder. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Watt’s Up! (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side. (If this looks familiar, it’s because this is very, very similar in color and finish to the liquid version that I just reviewed!)

Now that we’ve looked at the powder and liquid versions of the Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer range, we finish with the Wand option. This is a cream version, so it is an emollient solid stick that twists-up. The formula is supposed to “mimic the natural radiance of healthy skin” in a more portable option. The texture of the cream version is lightweight with a slightly glossy finish initially that dries down to more of a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. It doesn’t add much color to my medium complexion, but it may warm up fairer skin tones. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading slightly. It worked well over and under foundation, as well as on bare skin. If you want to apply over foundation, I recommend patting the product on with your fingertips or with a stippling brush by lightly skimming over the surface. If you use it directly from the tube, you may find it will lift your foundation (depending on what you’re wearing and how much pressure you use–it is more foolproof with fingers/brushes).

For me, I think this is the better option if you want a cream or liquid (something more emollient and typically more forgiving on drier skin types) for specific highlighting, rather than all-over; for mixing with foundations or moisturizers, the liquid is your best bet. For greatest ease and the lowest shimmer amount, the powder is going to be the one you’d want to check out. I love that Josie Maran offered three different types, but I’d love to see more shades, and at the very least, something cooler in tone.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer ($26.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a peachy champagne with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less peach. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is a powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighte,r powder. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Watt’s Up! (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to be a liquid highlighter (“concentrated radiance liquid for the face”) that can be used alone or mixed with a base product (moisturizer, foundation, etc.). The texture is lightweight, thin without being watery, easily spread on the skin or mixed in with other liquids and creams. The effect is very comparable to the wand version, in terms of color, and the delivery mechanism is really the major difference, though I think the liquid is a bit less frosted overall. It gives a luminous, lightly dewy finish once it dries down that doesn’t emphasize pores and lasts for seven and a half hours on me.

You’ll get the most quantity of product through the liquid version, but I think it is most suited towards those who expect to use it mixed with their base products, as it is difficult to dispense just the amount needed for more targeted highlighting (like the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow)–I get a big dollop that’s more than needed for even mixing in. You can almost get 3/4 of a dollop if you’re careful when dispensing, but I couldn’t get a manageable amount out for using this to highlight specific areas, unfortunately. You can twist off the pump entirely, which may work better if you want to do more specific areas rather than all-over.

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil ($30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft, muted yellow beige with a pearly gold shimmer-sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Dior Gold Shock (001) (LE, $80.00) is yellower. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is yellower, more shimmery. Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Star! (LE) is sheerer. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy highlighting powder” that will give you a “lit-from-within radiance.” For anyone in the market for a warm-toned, more subtle highlighting powder, you may find this fits the bill. It’s really hard to overdo it, because the finish is subtly luminous rather than overtly shimmery. The texture is incredibly silky and smooth–it does, in fact, feel almost like a cream because it is so smooth without being powdery, which made it incredibly blendable and helped it sit well on the skin (no emphasis of pores or dryness). On my medium complexion, it doesn’t look yellow or give much color, just a soft sheen to the skin, but fairer complexions may see a stronger warmth when applied, though I think application will be sheer enough that it won’t be yellow. It’s a sweet spot between beige and gold without being too yellow or too orange. The powder highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. I’ll also be revieweing the liquid and cream version soon, but I can tell you that the powder is the least shimmery/frosted and is a bit more yellow-based.

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true peach in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened pop of orange with warm, reddish undertones and a very fine gold micro-shimmer. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, powder. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder, darker, redder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is redder, powder. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is similar. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, powder. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to offer buildable coverage that is most intense when applied with fingertips and sheerer when applied with a stippling or duo fiber brush. It is a cream-based blush that feels more like a kind of clay, as it will indent if you press it, and you can almost mold it into a shape, if desired, so it’s not as emollient or as wet as your typical cream blush. It tends to look, feel, and behave more like a powder blush when applied to the skin, as there is no slip, but it is blendable and diffuses easily across the skin. For the easiest, quickest application, I’ve had the best luck applying with fingertips and merely skimming the side of the fingertip pad across the cheeks, which gives color and spreads it out well without disturbing base products. If you need more intensity, tap the color into place and then lightly skim on top. I also like using a stippling brush, which works just fine for my medium coloring with the medium to dark-hued shades and doesn’t feel like it takes forever to build by any means. Bonus had good color payoff that was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque (about two layers, depending on how heavy-handed you are). It wore well for ten hours before fading slightly.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Indecent Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium, peach-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is pinker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is similar. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is similar. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is darker. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is pinker. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay’s describes their powder blush formula as having “buildable color” with a “blendable, finely milled” texture that will wear for “eight long hours.” This shade had semi-sheer to opaque color coverage possible, depending on how many layers you applied or whether you used a more densely-packed brush. It was easily built-up or diffused if you felt like you over-applied. The texture had a silky, smooth feeling to it that kicked up a little bit of excess powder in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin. As you buff and blend the color, the satiny finish comes through–just enough sheen to give it a natural, skin-like finish that doesn’t get too matte but is never shimmery. As it is a very light color, it will tend to be a better pick for lighter complexions, as even though it buildable to fuller coverage, it may not give a lot of visible color to darker complexions–it is subtle on me (light-medium). It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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